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Concord Drunk Driver Who Killed 86-Year-Old Man Sentenced To 12-Years In Prison

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A Concord man who struck and killed an 86-year-old man last Thanksgiving was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison.

Damian Lopez-Avelino was 19 and intoxicated when his vehicle struck another vehicle at Oak Grove and Ryan roads in Concord.

Police responded at 6:49 p.m. on Nov. 23 to a report of a two-vehicle crash at Treat Boulevard and Oak Grove Road in Concord. While at the scene, police determined a second crash happened a few blocks away.

Lopez-Avelino struck a second vehicle, in which Thomas O’Connell was a passenger. O’Connell was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

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Police arrested Lopez-Avelino, who was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing serious bodily injury, hit-and-run with injury, and driving a motor vehicle while unlicensed.

Lopez-Avelino reached a negotiated plea agreement with prosecutors on April 11, pleading guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving with a .08 blood alcohol content causing injury. Both charges carried enhancements.

Lopez-Avelino was sentenced to 12 years and eight months in prison, with credit for serving 139 days and another good conduct credit of 20 days.

9 comments


Original G May 14, 2024 - 2:37 PM - 2:37 PM

Where’s the woke blather about too many persons of color disproportionately incarcerated ?
Where’s the woke blather citing equity . . . . . .
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Isn’t interesting, liberals seem to become color blind and not mention equity when it comes to drunk driving. How come that same standard doesn’t apply to all criminals committing crimes ? ?
Can’t socioeconomic rationalization be a factor inducing alcohol consumption to excess?
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Or is whining about equality and persons of color incarcerated little more than propaganda by a political party in an effort to gain votes ?
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Drunk driving criminal penalties seem to be immune from liberals . . . . . . .

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Badge1104 May 14, 2024 - 10:12 PM - 10:12 PM

There’s a lot of uncomfortable truth that Original G is saying!

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Angry American May 15, 2024 - 1:38 PM - 1:38 PM

I guess the “complexion protection” only works when convenient.

G May 14, 2024 - 3:07 PM - 3:07 PM

I have mixed feelings about this. Only 12 years? Youngster makes a huge mistake and takes the life of an 86 year old. He’ll have plenty of life to live once out, but his bid should be longer!

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Ms. Mom May 14, 2024 - 3:57 PM - 3:57 PM

12 years for murder? Sad he will live on for many years. I sure hope the guilt haunts him for the rest of his life & he never drinks again. Karma!

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whenwilltheylearn May 14, 2024 - 4:47 PM - 4:47 PM

should be at least 25 years

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American Citizen May 15, 2024 - 11:13 AM - 11:13 AM

Should have been vigilante justice administered by bystanders on scene.

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Mika May 15, 2024 - 3:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Why are they plea bargaining a case like this? He killed a man, driving with no license, drunk. Why give him any kind of break?

FVKTHESYSTEM May 15, 2024 - 8:50 PM - 8:50 PM

“Should be atleast 25 years” for a 19 year old killing an 86 year old but when a white lady killed a 2 year old in a hit & run she only got 60 DAYS of COMMUNITY SERVICE. NOT EVEN JAIL TIME.

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